A North Devon wedding venue and luxury self-catering accommodation provider have won three awards in two days.
Ocean Kave wedding venue and Westward Living luxury self-catering holiday cottages in Westward Ho! are celebrating after picking up two Golds at the Devon Tourism Awards, and Regional Winner for best countryside wedding venue in prestigious The Wedding Industry Awards.
The haul began in Wiltshire, on November 22, at the Wedding Industry Awards – the only national client-voted awards celebrating excellence in the wedding industry.
Ocean Kave picked up the highly-contested Winner in the Best Countryside Wedding Venue, in the South West Heat, and now moves on to the national finals in January. The awards covered the whole of the South West from Wiltshire to Cornwall and focused on feedback from couples who were married at the competing venues.
The following day, it was down to Plymouth Guildhall for the finals of the Devon Tourism Awards, presented by tourism guru and journalist Simon Calder and Arctic explorer Ann Daniels. Now in their eighth?year, the awards saw a record 205 entries in 25 categories, with 76 awards announced on the night.
After a rigorous three-phase judging process involving 120 judging visits to the businesses, the winners were announced.?Westward Living became the only winner of two Gold awards, for both the Self-Catering Provider and International Travel Experience of the year.
Westward Living and Ocean Kave owner Kathy Murdoch said: "We were delighted to win Gold in two categories for our accommodation and the Best Countryside Wedding Venue award in the Regional Finals.
“We have invested heavily to improve our customer experience in the last 12 months, and have adapted to the current market and the impact of Brexit on European Travel.?
“In my opinion, Devon offers the best accommodation and attractions in the UK, and we are very excited to grow our reach in the coming months.
“Chris and I also wish to thank the incredible Westward Living Team and Ocean Kave who have made this possible." ?
Following the ceremony, the event’s organiser and Visit Devon director Robin Barker said:?"I am so elated that we made the decision to launch these awards eight years ago.?
“The investments in excellence, and especially in outstanding service we've seen since are literally flabbergasting.
“The delight we see each year from winners, along with their feedback, tells me that we are making a difference to Devon and to its number one industry.? Well done to all."
As Ocean Kave enters its fifth year the company has been delighted to welcome couples and their families getting married in this hidden gem within the North Devon coastline. With easy access from nearby Exeter Airport and an experienced team of wedding planners the venue prides itself for welcoming many couples from all around the world. The award winning onsite self-catering accommodation offer a fantastic wedding experience all year round.